How many dice fit in the sun?

In the itch.io description of Pidj’s “The Sun’s Ransom,” it describes the core mechanic:

Resolution is via a simple dice pool: beginning with as many dice as can cover the sun on the cover. As play continues and vampires succeed in their Light and Joy tasks, dice are removed from the face of the sun, diminishing the vampires’ power. The game is over when all dice are removed, leaving the vampires vulnerable and scorched.

And in the Set-Up section of the zine itself (page 9 on the single-spread PDF, probably page 7 in the printed edition), the materials needed are described:

To play, you need at least 2 players, this zine and enough six-sided dice (d6s) to entirely cover the sun on the front cover, plunging the world into darkness.

I appreciate that the game can scale based on the size of my dice or how loosely I pack them, but while I wait for my physical zine to arrive I would like to know:

Assuming standard 16mm dice and tight packing, how many dice do I need to play The Sun’s Ransom?

astrophotography – How (the heck) did NASA photographer Joel Kowsky take this amazing photograph of the International Space Station transiting the Sun?

The NASA Image Feature Space Station Transits the Sun shows seven shadows of the ISS transiting the face of the Sun. In order to discuss the technical aspects of the process I’ve cropped bits of the photo and show them below. The 5.4 MB JPEG image is available in the link.

I see:

  • nice composition; the first and last instance are equally spaced from the Sun’s edge
  • excellent resolution, little blur
  • almost perfect centering of the path; the middle of the seven images is centered on the Sun to within about one ISS length in both directions, which is about 100 meters.

How as all this accomplished? What went into the planning, location and shutter timing to make all of this work so nicely?


cropped from Space Station Transits the Sun, https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/space-station-transits-the-sun Image Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky cropped from Space Station Transits the Sun, https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/space-station-transits-the-sun Image Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky

Cropped from Space Station Transits the Sun Image Credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky

equipment damage – Is this a good rule to know when i can shoot the sun? “if the sun is not too bright to look at with naked eye, then it’s not too bright for DSLR”

Most of what i have read about this, say that whether or not the sun is bright enough to harm the DSLR, depends on a lot of factors e.g. time of day, cloud cover etc.
For example, i am quite sure , taking a photo of midday sun would be quite harmful for DSLR. But shooting a sunset probably is okay.
So, exactly how harmful is the sun for DSLR ? Is it more of a “its okay once in a while, but do not do it all the time” kind of thing ? What if i shoot a person with the sun in the background? Will that damage the DSLR?

Also, i understand that the human eye’s safety threshold is lower than that of DSLR.
If that is true, then is “The sun is not too bright to look at with naked eye” a sufficient condition to determine when it is Okay to shoot it with DSLR ?
What about with cellphone cameras ?

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equipment damage – Can DSLR CMOS Sensor be damaged by high intensity light sources (Sun, Lasers)?

I was looking to repair a DSLR which had burnt in image in the CMOS, Replacement for this component is not cheap and around 30-45% the cost of a new camera, being a mojor component.

So reading a thread about “Can the sun damage my camera?” On here (I dont have credit/reputation to reply) the answer is yes, it can damage the camera sensor/CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor)

Below is an interesting site which shows laser damage to the CMOS.

You need to remember that light does have physical effects on things and lasers can burn holes in things especially eye balls and camera image sensors.

The following images are credited to:
http://www.laserist.org/camera-sensor-damage-thesis.htm

sensor damage due to lasersensor damage due to laser

DSLR CMOS Sensor damage (high intensity light source “Sun, Lasers”)!

I was looking to repair a DSLR which had burnt in image in the CMOS, Replacement for this component is not cheap and around 30-45% the cost of a new camera, being a mojor component.

So reading a thread about “Can the sun damage my camera?” On here (I dont have credit/reputation to reply) the answer is yes, it can damage the camera sensor/CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor)

Below is an interesting site which shows laser damage to the CMOS.

You need to remember that light does have physical effects on things and lasers can burn holes in things especially eye balls and camera image sensors.

The following images are credited to:
http://www.laserist.org/camera-sensor-damage-thesis.htm

sensor damage due to lasersensor damage due to laser